Dublin Times

September 28-October 2, 2020

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Upcoming Important Events

September 2020

  • September 28 No School for Students and Staff (Yom Kippur)
  • September 30 Kindergarten Curbside Pickup (3:30-6:00 PM)


October 2020

  • October 1 2019-2020 Yearbook Pickup/PTA Fundraiser Information (4:00-6:00 PM)
  • October 1 Board of Education Meeting (7:00 PM)
  • October 7 Student Count Day
  • October 7 Dublin PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

A Message Mr. Gutman-Superintendent

Dear WLCSD Parents:


Last week our Return to Learn Committee reconvened to review a number of possible options for a safe return to in-person learning. At last Thursday night’s Board Workshop, the Board of Education and administration discussed a number of items including Covid-19 data, the status of Covid-19 in our community and in Oakland County, PPE/safety measures for our schools (see video), the work of the Return to Learn Committee, and the Walled Lake COVID -19 Response Criteria.


Although no vote was taken, the conversation centered on a plan to begin to bring some students back to school while still maintaining the Our Path and the My Path options. This plan would involve students in two cohorts: a Monday/Tuesday cohort and a Thursday/Friday cohort. Students would receive instruction from teachers four days a week, and the plan for Wednesday (when schools would receive a deep cleaning) could involve small group meetings, individual work, teacher-directed and self-directed activities. This hybrid model was offered as an interim step in the process of returning students to school while, again, allowing those who prefer to do so to keep their children at home with remote options.


This is the link to the: WLCSD Special Board of Education Meeting - September 24, 2020.


Now that we have, finally, a budget from the State, and now that we have better information/guidance from the Oakland County Health Department, we are in a better position to consider more options for our students.


Thank you for your continued feedback and for your advocacy for your children.


Kenneth Gutman

Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education Agenda for October 1, 2020, has been posted. Please follow the link below to view the meeting agenda.


October 1, 2020, Regular Board Meeting Agenda


Meeting Notice:

The October 1, 2020, Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will be held online in accordance with the Executive Order No.2020-154 (COVID-19) issued by Governor Whitmer on July 17, 2020. Recognition will begin at 7 p.m. with the regular meeting starting at 7:15 p.m.


The public may view this meeting streamed live at https://wlcsd.org/board-of-education/virtual-meetings/

Citizens interested in participating through public commentary are asked to complete the Public Comment Request Form (www.wlcsd.org/publiccomment) previous to the start of the meeting. All requests for public commentary received previous to the start of the meeting will have the opportunity to speak during the virtual meeting or choose to have their comments reflected in the meeting minutes.

Yearbook Pick Up!

Our 2019-2020 yearbooks have arrived! Remember these are yearbooks from LAST YEAR!



We will be having a Yearbook Pickup on Thursday, October 1st. from 4:00-6:00 PM. We will also be distributing our Dublin PTA Fundraiser information to you. (See details below)


If you cannot pick up your child's yearbook from last year, you may pick it up from our main office on Friday, October 2nd. from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.


Thank you!

Curbside Pickup Guidelines

During our online learning time teachers may decide to have a Curbside Pickup of materials for your children. Classroom teachers will notify you WHEN and WHAT TIME these pickup events will take place. Teachers will be following social distancing and mask guidelines at school. They will distribute items in the front of the school along our Car Rider loop area.


As always, we ask that parents follow these guidelines during any curbside pick up.

1. Stay in your car. Wear a mask.

2. Pull up behind the car in front of you.

3. Open your passenger side front window.

4. Exchange the materials with our staff member.

5. Pull away and move forward safely.


Thank you for following these guidelines every time.

Attendance Hotline-248-956-3890

Please be reminded that our teachers will take AM and PM attendance as well as record tardies.


If your child will be absent or late, or will need to end the remote day early due to illness or a scheduled appointment, you must call the attendance phone line and leave us a message to tell us.


Every teaching and learning moment is crucial and we appreciate your partnership to ensure good attendance and participation.


We recognize that there will be a learning curve during these first few weeks and we promise to be flexible and understanding as we all become comfortable with the digital platforms of Google and Zoom.


Attendance Line: 248-956-3890

In an effort to help with technical issues that you may have at home while learning online, WLCSD has developed a STUDENT TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT REQUEST FORM. To help with technical issues, this should be the first step in letting us know the issue you are experiencing with technology at home. We can then help you as quickly as we can.


This form is always located on our Dublin web page under the FOR PARENTS tab.

There is a button below too!

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What is a Pizza Kit?

Dublin PTA Fall Fundraiser


Our Dublin PTA will be selling Little Caesar's Pizza Kits and other food items for our annual Dublin PTA Fall Fundraiser. Money raised will help support all students and all classrooms.


We will distribute Little Caesar's Brochures and Order Forms starting Thursday, October 1st at our yearbook distribution. You may pick up 2019-2020 yearbooks AND your PTA Fundraiser Brochure from 4:00-6:00 PM.


We want every family to have an order brochure! If you are unable to make it on Thursday from 4:00-6:00 PM, please stop by our main office to pick up an order brochure.


Students can win cash prizes for selling items! See the details below!


Please see the details, links, and videos below for full details. All orders and payments are due to our main office by October 21st. Pick up of orders will take place in early November.


Check Out the Pizza Kits Video Series!

Our video library is your source for practical suggestions, helpful information, handy tips, and creative ideas! Watch one now and look for more titles coming soon!

What is a Pizza Kit?

Learn about deliciousness and convenience.


How Much Are Pizza Kits?
Learn about great value and selection.


Can I Buy Pizza Kits at any Little Caesars® Location?
Learn about exclusive distribution for this entirely different experience.

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Art, Music, PE, and Media Weekly Classroom Links

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Important ZOOM Reminders for Parents

Zoom is not only a window into our classroom, it’s also a window into your home. Being mindful of what’s happening in and around the webcam is extremely important as we all strive for a safe, healthy, and rewarding online learning experience for our children.


Please be sure "adult" conversations and language cannot be heard by other classmates.

Many lessons were learned throughout the first week of school regarding what works best in our Zoom online platform.


Teachers are working tirelessly to provide appropriate, engaging, and meaningful lessons. Please be mindful of the following tips when attending a Zoom lesson.


Reminders for Parents:

At no time should you take a screen shot of the video conference screen where other children are visible, and no images/videos should be posted on social media platforms.

Students are expected to maintain the same behavior and conduct during a video conference call as they would in the classroom. This is an extension of the regular classroom and school rules still apply.

It’s helpful if you keep the source of lighting in front or above the webcam. Avoid having a bright light or window behind you.

Progress slowly. Everyone is learning (including the adults) and it will take some time for everyone to adjust.

Be patient and forgiving with technology. It can be temperamental, "glitchy" and sometimes difficult to navigate so pause, breathe and keep this in perspective.


Remind all those living at the residence that the webcam will display those walking in the background and only school suitable activity and language should be used when the Zoom lesson is in session.

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iReady Diagnostic

Between September 21st - October 16th, your child will be taking the iReady Diagnostic Assessment at home. During a normal school year, this would be done at school. But this year, since we are learning virtually, we will be testing virtually.


The information is used to guide teacher instruction and helps your child's teacher identify areas of strength and weakness. This is why we need you to let your child do the work on their own.


We know how difficult it is to stand by and watch your child struggle when they don't know the answer to something.


When your child takes the iReady Diagnostic, he/she will not know all of the answers. THIS IS OK!


We need you to let your child take this assessment completely on his/her own....Even if it means watching every question be answered incorrectly.


Please take some time to explore the information below. It's extremely important and we need you to be aware of what the iReady Diagnostic really is, what it will look like as it is administered at home, and how you can support us.


Your child's teacher will follow up with you and provide more information about testing.

At-Home Assessment Agreement

Teachers will be sending this to you via a Google Form. This is just for you to view.

Chromebook Distribution

How Can I Get a Chromebook for my Child?


Chromebook Distribution Form


Chromebook DISTRIBUTION is taking place at the Educational Services Center at 850 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, (turn in at the Water Tower off of Maple Road between Pontiac Trail and Ladd Road) Saturday, Aug. 29 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 30.


Parents who previously ordered Chromebooks and have not heard yet, will get an email. Thank you for your patience.

LAYA - Non Taste of the Lakes

Due to COVID restrictions, this year's Taste of the Lakes will be a virtual "non-event" with special door prize drawings including a 40-inch Big Screen Smart TV, an iPad, a Social Membership to Walden Woods (a value of $1,300) and two separate Adirondack chairs (note: one chair per drawing, the winner can select either the University of Michigan or Michigan State logo to be applied) to support the work of the Lakes Area Youth Assistance.



Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA) is a non-profit organization designed to help at-risk children and their families who live in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Oakland County, local municipalities and volunteers work together to provide services and programs, which assisted more than 600 students in 2019.



To support our kids, please consider purchasing one ticket for $25 or you can buy four tickets for $100 and receive one more free. Tickets may be purchased now through Friday, October 9, 2020, at www.wlcstickets.com.



The drawing will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, and you will be notified via phone if you are one of the lucky winners. Thank you for your support of our children.

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Dublin Elementary School Supply List

Please click on the button below to view a Dublin Elementary Suggested School Supply List for at-home learning.


Remember this is a SUGGESTED supply list for parents for students in grades K-2 and 3-5 while we are learning from home.


Teachers have other suggested school supply lists on our website, but those lists are primarily for face-to-face instruction.


EVERYTHING GOOGLE!

Google Login Information

Families - You can now access your child’s Google login information via Skyward Family Access. It can be found on the Report Cards tab as the very top report. If you still do not see it, please use the emails below to contact our school. If you are a parent of a new Kindergarten student and don’t see your student login, please check back on Skyward in a day as we are continuing to process enrollments. Thank you!

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Logging in: Chrome/Google Classroom
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WLCSD FOOD SERVICE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

We are pleased to inform you that meals will be available to all Walled Lake Consolidated School District Students for the upcoming school year.


Please pre-order breakfasts and lunches by completing this Food Service Order Form. Forms must be submitted prior to midnight on Thursdays.


This is available for all scheduled school days for registered Walled Lake Consolidated School District Students only. Anyone may pick up meals for your student(s).


Pick up locations will be at the three high schools on Monday August 31st between the hours of 12 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.


Breakfast Pricing

$1.25 Full Pay

$0.30 Reduced

$0.00 Free


Lunch Pricing

$2.85 Full Pay

$0.40 Reduced

$0.00 Free


  • Breakfast is free for students who received a free meal approval letter, $0.30 per day for those who received a reduced meal approval letter and $1.25 per day for those who are full pay.
  • Lunch is free for students who received a free meal approval letter, $0.40 per day for those who received a reduced meal approval letter, and $2.85 per day for those who are full pay.


We would like to limit cash transactions. It is preferred that you place money on your students account via family access through e-funds. We are unable to make change for cash transactions but we will apply change to your student's account.


We will continue serving meals to Walled Lake Consolidated School District Students every week while school is in session. Please watch your email for your weekly order form (to be completed each week that school is in session).

We now have a waiver that all children under the age of 18 regardless of status or what district they are enrolled or not enrolled in (adults with disabilities 26 years of age and under) can come pick up meals from each of our high schools every Monday from 12:00PM to 1:30PM.


If a closed school day is on a Monday, we will distribute the next opening school day. As of next week, we now can provide 7 days of breakfast and 7 days of lunches regardless of when school is scheduled until at December 31st.

There will not be an alternate time of pickup nor a delivery service but anyone can pick up meals for their children. Thank you!

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DUBLIN PTA BOARD MEMBERS 2020-2021

Please click here for contact information!

Dublin PTA Web Page

Please click here to visit our Dublin PTA Web Page!

PTA Member Hub

Sign up to be a member of the PTA online HERE!

2020-2021 PTA MEMBERSHIP FORM

Please complete this form to join our Dublin PTA!

Support our School!

We all shop on Amazon, why not give back to Dublin while we shop?!

Dublin Elementary is now set up on the Amazon Smile program, which
donates 0.5% of eligible purchases straight to our school!

Here's what to do:
1) Log on to http://smile.amazon.com/
2) Select Dublin Elementary PTA as the organization you are supporting.
3) Shop away!
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Communication is Key at Dublin!

Communication is important to us at Dublin. Parents will be notified and updated in a variety of ways throughout the school year. The majority of information for parents will be available on our school and District website and through email.


SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

It is critical that parents keep an updated email address and let us know if it changes as soon as possible. Parents may update this information for us on Skyward Family Access. All teachers at Dublin utilize Skyward Family Access to communicate with parents.Report cards, lunch account information, progress reports, attendance, and other important information will always be posted on Skyward Family Access. If you are a new family to Walled Lake Schools or have misplaced or lost your Family Access ID and password, please click HERE to get connected.


DUBLIN TIMES AND SCHOOL WEB PAGE

Our Dublin Times newsletter will be sent electronically to parents. An archive of newsletters will be posted to our school website. Our school website can be found HERE. Please visit this page often for information about our school. You will find links to important documents, websites and blogs from your child's classroom, PTA forms and information, and important updates and forms that you will need to access.


TWITTER

Please follow us on Twitter @DublinWL to be updated regularly on important events at our school and fun pictures of student events and learning!


OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE

Please LIKE US on our OFFICIAL Dublin Elementary Facebook page! See the button below!

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

WALLED LAKE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS DOES NOT CARRY HEALTH OR ACCIDENT INSURANCE FOR STUDENTS. If your child is injured while at school, medical costs are the responsibility of the parents and/or guardians.

As a service to students and their families, our District is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost. The District offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments or lack of health or dental insurance coverage.


REASONS TO PURCHASE THIS COVERAGE:

  1. Deductible and co-pays in your health plan. Many health plans have increased the amount of out-of-pocket expenses.
  2. No insurance.


This plan will provide benefits for medical expenses incurred because of an accident. If you have other insurance, benefits can be applied to your deductible or co-pay. If you have no other insurance, this will become your primary accident plan.


TO PURCHASE COVERAGE ONLINE (by Credit/Debit Card) go to:

www.1stAgency.com/voluntaryaccidentcoverage.htm -- Follow directions by choosing STATE and SCHOOL DISTRICT. Visa or MasterCard is accepted.


OR


TO PAY WITH CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, PRINT BROCHURE PDF from First Agency’s website at www.1stAgency.com/voluntaryaccidentcoverage.htm -- Follow directions by choosing STATE and SCHOOL DISTRICT.


All questions regarding this coverage should be directed to First Agency, Inc., at (269) 381-6630 or toll free at (800) 243-6298.


We are pleased to make this student accident insurance plan available.

Dublin Contact Information

Jeff Drewno

Principal: JeffreyDrewno@wlcsd.org

248-956-3832


Sarah Garcia

Principal's Secretary: SarahGarcia@wlcsd.org

248-956-3829


Diane Yanalunas

Building Secretary: DianeYanalunas@wlcsd.org

248-956-3841